After establishing the Ashram in Sonoma, during his annual visits to India, Babaji was moved by the plight of young children living on the street and was inspired to build a safe home for them. With the help of friends and supporters, in 2000, Babaji founded Bal Ashram, a home for abandoned and impoverished boys, on the bank of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, as a further expression of the teachings of sadhana and seva.

As Babaji’s vision for Bal Ashram grew, the Aghor Foundation (registered in India as Aghor Guru Sewa Peeth, an 80(g) non-profit organization) was set up to administer Sonoma Ashram Foundation’s social service initiatives.

Over the past 20 years Bal Ashram has continued to provide a home to orphaned and abandoned children, and other initiatives were started with the enthusiasm and help of Babaji’s students from around the world:

All of these projects are located on the Bal Ashram campus and administered through our sister organization, Aghor Foundation in India.

The Ashram is located on the southern edge of the holy city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, in a peaceful and clean setting that overlooks the Ganges River. A retreat or stay at the Ashram provides and excellent opportunity for visitors to be of service.

Babaji is in residence at Bal Ashram for a few months each year to provide guidance and inspiration for the community and to oversee the India Service projects.

Please visit the Aghor Foundation website for more information.


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